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<p>If Province — track 3 from this New York fivesome’s second outing — isn’t the best homage to latter-day David Bowie, vocally and experimentally, then explain why the artist himself would go out of his way to contribute a non-singing cameo?</p>



Yo La Tengo

Album: I Am Not Afraid Of You And I Will Beat Your Ass

Label: Def Jam/Universal

Release date: Sept. 12

**** (out of five)


Proof that you can have your cake and eat it too. Should you accept the 22-year-old Hoboken, N.J., trio as a moody, modern-day Velvet Underground-meets-Sonic Youth (The Race Is On Again, The Story Of Yo La Tengo), so be it. Should you show preference to their jam-band tendencies (Pass The Hatchet, I Think I’m Goodkind, The Room Got Heavy), you got it. Want child-like gleeful pop (Beanbag Chair, Mr. Tough, I Should Have Known Better)? It’s in there, too. All this and more — and all without sounding too disjointed as each cut progresses.





TV On The Radio

Album: Return To Cookie Mountain

Label: Touch & Go/Interscope

Release date: Sept. 12

**** (out of five)


If Province — track 3 from this New York fivesome’s second outing — isn’t the best homage to latter-day David Bowie, vocally and experimentally, then explain why the artist himself would go out of his way to contribute a non-singing cameo? Be forewarned, though: One’s cerebral regions might be overwhelmed processing all of TOTR’s multitracked vocals, jackhammering guitar drones, loops, blips, drum beats and whatever else this genre-be-damned band cram in. But blame it on the brain if you’re caught humming Dirtywhirl and the Beach Boys-like A Method or tribal-dancing to Let The Devil In.


 
 
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